Family Coaching Specialty Training

This two-day Family Coaching Specialty Training program is designed for Recovery Coaches who want to learn more about the role that Recovery Coaches play in supporting family members of loved ones with substance use disorder. Recovery Coaches will leave this training with a Speciality Coaching credential and specialized knowledge on how to support family members

Principles of Family Coaching

Motivational Interviewing

We meet people where they are at and where they dream. Through Motivational Interviewing, Recovery Coaches offer deep listening and support to family members of those struggling with substance use disorder.

Resource Provision

Recovery Coaches are experts at providing resources to family members seeking support.

Power of Peers

Recovery Coaches bring a special type of empathy to family members.

Participant Testimonials

"Another high level training with super qualified speakers and invaluable applicable information."

Recovery Coach

"Amazing training that gives me the tools to go out and do this tough work. Excellently prepared and delivered top notch."
Gary De Carolis
Former Executive Director of the Turning Point of Chittenden County
"Amazing training filled with a multitude of information. I have learned so much about how to be of maximum service to those we serve."
Recovery Coach
"My experiences in the two days of the Family Coaching training course were absolutely amazing and wonderful, full of education, knowledge, wisdom, tools, methods, and most importantly, practice! The learning experience was wonderful and extraordinary."

Jennifer L.
Recovery Coach

Family Coaching Trainers

Diana Clark, JD, MA is the Chief of Clinical Operations for O’Connor Professional Group.  She is a renowned family recovery advocate in the field of addiction and mental health treatment. She has developed and facilitated numerous workshops for family members and professionals and also authored a coordinating book “Addiction Recovery: A Family’s Journey” specifically designed for family members of those struggling with substance use disorders and mental health concerns. With a master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1997, Ms. Clark has been employed as a therapist, interventionist and consultant aiding families during times of turmoil. As both a specialist in family systems and parenting she is a recognized force of clear speech, logic and loving acceptance, and has helped thousands of family members establish healthy boundaries, manage expectations appropriately, and develop plans for their families. Prior to her work in the mental health field, Diana was a practicing labor and employment attorney advising employers about the need for clear, compassionate, and enforceable policies and the best method of implementation. 


Maureen Cavanagh is an author and the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a non-profit 501c3 organization that provides access to online support groups for anyone struggling with a loved one’s addiction and provides access to recovery housing in Massachusetts. She is also a CCAR recovery coach and trainer, family recovery coach and interventionist and President of Magnolia Recovery and Consulting Services.

Maureen’s first book, a gripping memoir, If You Love Me: A Mother’s Journey through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction, is a story of a mother who suddenly finds herself on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as her daughter battles—and ultimately reckons with—substance use disorder. The memoir was published by Henry Holt/MacMillan in 2018. If You Love Me was favorably reviewed by the NY Times, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and the audiobook was named a runner up for Amazon/Audibles 2018 Memoir of the Year.

Maureen holds a B.S. in Communications from Weber State University, an MPA in nonprofit management from Suffolk University, an M.Ed Special Education/ESOL from Salem State University, and speaks nationally on the impact of substance use disorder on the family and the power of hope. 

Maureen’s unforgettable story, told with love and humor, brings the opioid crisis out of the shadows and into the house next door. Her real-life account is inspiring and harrowing, and ultimately a story of recovery and renewal.

Maureen lives near Boston, Massachusetts. She is the mother of four, and Mom to quite a few ‘extra children,’ and is enjoying every minute of watching her daughter, and many others she has grown to love, bloom in recovery. She believes deeply that education, connection to others, and sharing stories of recovery are integral in the midst of this crisis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the pre-requisites?

 In order to take the training you must have:

+ Completed the Vermont Recovery Coach Academy 

+ Currently working or volunteering in recovery or recovery-adjacent resources that serve Vermonters.

+ Permission from your supervisor 

+ A minimum of one year of strong and consistent recovery (if applicable)


What are the requirements?

This training will take place daily from 9 – 3pm on Zoom. For the duration of the training, you will need to be present. A strong WiFi signal, computer or tablet with a working video camera and audio microphone are required in order to participate. Need support with technical accessibility? Contact us!

Is this Specialty Training CEU Eligible?

Yes. This training is available to receive 9 Continuing Education Units in Electives. Please note, students are expected to attend the entirety of the training in order to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs). To learn more about Recovery Coach Certification and CEUs, click here.

What is the cost?

This training is offered at no cost for Recovery Coaches working or volunteering in recovery or recovery-adjacent resources that serve Vermonters. Supervisor’s approval is required. 

Upcoming Training Dates

Wednesday and Thursday, February 1st and 2nd, 2023

9am – 3pm, via Zoom 


Recovery Vermont
A program of VAMHAR
100 State Street, Suite 352

Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 279-9069